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Aston's New Maya HD Satellite Receiver Uses High-Performance Set-Top Box Technology From STMicroelectronics

Aston's New Maya HD Satellite Receiver Uses High-Performance Set-Top Box 
Technology From STMicroelectronics 
MOSCOW -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 --  During the CSTB 2013 show in
Moscow, Aston is showcasing the first prototype of its Maya HD PVR
satellite receiver built around the latest-generation HD H.264
STiH237 (Cardiff) decoder chipset from STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of
electronics applications and a top global supplier of set-top box
(STB) ICs. The Maya HD receiver offers a cost-effective solution that
meets Aston's exacting quality standards. The platform is compliant
with all off-the-shelf conditional access systems, including Viaccess
and Conax.  
Reflecting most challenging quality standards
 Drawing on 25 years'
experience in satellite receivers and leveraging the optimized design
developed by STMicroelectronics, the new platform from Aston
integrates the highest quality standards in terms of technical
specifications and choice of components. High-quality hardware
design, combined with Aston's deep software-development expertise,
offers customers the fluidity and reliability they have come to
expect from the brand.  
"Aston's new Maya HD receiver is strong evidence of the performance,
advanced level of integration, and reliability of our STiH237
(Cardiff) chipset, to both teams' design expertise and our joint
commitment to quickly develop a technologically sophisticated
receiver," said Mustapha Bouraoui, Vice-President Marketing &
Applications EMEA at STMicroelectronics. "As a company with a long
history of collaboration in its DNA, ST is pleased with its
cooperative efforts and achievement with Aston." 
Cost-effective solution
 The Maya HD features an optimized design
that delivers exceptional value for money. All mechanical and
electronic components have been totally optimized through a unique
approach that makes no concessions on quality and reliability.  
Sleek, elegant design
 In keeping with Aston's reputation for
exclusive trend-setting industrial design, the innovative, compact
and exceptionally sleek Maya HD device sets new standards in the
satellite-receiver market. 
At the heart of the Maya HD, the STiH237 decoder is manufactured in
ST's low-power system-on-chip process technology that enables the
integration of a high-performance satellite receiver and all of the
features to support personal video recording and Over-the-Top video
services. The STiH237 supports the full range of HD broadcast and
multimedia codecs, hybrid and IP standards, the latest security and
content protection standards, and important middleware stacks from
the leading providers.  
Meeting the latest low-power objectives, ST's decoder also delivers
outstanding "green" features such as the latest generation of
energy-efficient Ethernet and a 0.5W stand-by mode with fast-resume
capability. 
Aston's new line of satellite receivers, built on ST's HD set-top box
decoder technology, offers alternative innovative and exceptionally
robust solutions with proven capabilities for the fast-expanding
markets of Russia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries
and Eastern Europe, where cost-effectiveness is a winning factor. The
Maya HD product line reflects Aston's commitment to growing its
presence in the global satellite receiver market. 
The close collaboration between Aston and STMicroelectronics, which
enabled the development of the latest-generation platform in less
than three months, illustrates Aston's ability to combine
technological prowess with cost-effectiveness without compromising on
reliability or market differentiation. This will result in the
rollout of an entirely new range of high-definition satellite
receivers by summer 2013, underscoring Aston's goal of expanding its
international footprint and developing innovative product design
methods to better meet target-market expectations.  
"Aston leveraged its long-standing partnership with
STMicroelectronics to cooperatively develop an innovative new
platform for widespread deployment in record time. STMicroelectronics
has successfully integrated our exacting technology standards and
tailored its solution to meet our needs. We are extremely satisfied
with the outcome of this collaboration," said Stephane Nitenberg, CEO
of Aston. 
About ASTON
 Active in the global digital TV marketplace for over 20
years, ASTON designs, develops and manufactures reception solutions
for digital satellite and terrestrial TV, as well as for the new
connected value-added services. As an industrial player, the company
controls the entire production chain, from product creation and
development to marketing. Innovation and technology have always been
at the core of the company's strategy. As such, ASTON works with key
partners to develop platforms with VOD functionalities, Catch-Up
Television, Connected Television, and even HbbTV and Android
applications. ASTON also develops multi-room and multi-screen
solutions. For more information visit www.aston-france.com or follow
us on Twitter @AstonFrance. 
About STMicroelectronics
 ST is a global leader in the semiconductor
market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power and
automotive products and embedded processing solutions. From energy
management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare
and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office,
at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting
more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for
life.augmented. 
In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion. Further
information on ST can be found at www.st.com. 
ST Aston Set Top Box: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1673997/545032.pdf  
For Press Information Contact: 
ASTON
Aurelie Florance-Horman 
Tel : +33 (0)1.48.97.32.64
aurelie.horman@aston-france.com 
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz 
Tel : +1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
 
 
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